Last fall we began doing "email reflections". Since it was very well received, we are starting again from February through May. Many of the scriptures are from the Lectionary and some are, well . . . not. And some may not even be scriptures.
We are the authors. The intent is not for a formal theological response or dissertation. They are meant to be our reflections, our stories, our thoughts and our feelings. So that we may be washed by the Spirit. It is a way for us to be united and connected. Look for them on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Below is from the "Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals"
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you: wherever he may send you;may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you through the storm;may he bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you;may he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors.
There are times when I look at the weather map and plan to go around the storm. I think it will keep me safe. But that is when I want to be the pilot in command.
It goes against my grain when I hear the words "wherever he may send you". It is hard to head for the dark clouds or a place that is new and unknown.
I need to take a deep breath and remember "the wonders he has shown . . ."
And yet I know, but need reminding, that Jesus wants to be present at our "home rejoicing".
When did you last ask for guidance in the wilderness?